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BP (British) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Mallory Park, 26 Aug 1973

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 David Purley March 73B [722-10] - Ford BDA Eden
#1 Lec Refrigeration Racing (see note 1)
20 14m 51.4s
2 Ken Bailey March 722 Falconer [39] - Ford BDA Titan
#5 H&J Quick Group Ltd (see note 2)
20 14m 58.8s
3 John Nicholson Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#10 Pinch Plant Ltd
20 14m 59.6s
4 Colin Vandervell March 73B [8] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#11 Team Triplex (see note 3)
20 15m 14.4s
5 Cyd Williams Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden
#17 Graham Eden Racing (see note 4)
20 15m 14.6s
6 Peter Wardle Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Eden
#6 (see note 5)
20 15m 15.4s
7 Geoff Friswell March 73B [18] - Ford BDA Hart
#8 (see note 6)
20
8 Bev Bond GRD 273 - Ford BDA Swindon
#18 Custom Made/Harry Stiller Racing
(see note 7)
20
9 Stan Mathews March 73B [21] - Ford BDA Richardson
#9 Promoto Racing Services (see note 8)
20
10 Bob Salisbury Surtees TS15 [07] - Ford BDA Hart
#4 F.R.Gerard (see note 9)
20
11 Brian Martin Martin BM12 ['1'] - Ford BDA
#16 Pinch Plant Ltd
19
R Roger Keele Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] - Ford BDA Titan
#21 Allard Performance Centre (see note 10)
Misfire
R Ray Mallock March 73B [712M-5] - Ford BDA Holbay
#2 The Chequered Flag (see note 11)
13 Electrics
R Jas Patterson March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA Hart
#12 Team Texaco Racing RIR (see note 12)
Gear selectors
R Stephen Choularton March 73B [1] - Ford BDA RES
#3 (see note 13)

R Reg James March 722 [723-9] - Ford BDA James
#20 Super-Ser Luxury Refrigerators

DNA Colin Andrews March 712M [11 as '9'] - Ford BDA
#7 Promoto Racing Services (see note 14)
Did not arrive
DNA Robin Smythe GRD 372 [036-F3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#14 (see note 15)
Did not arrive
DNA Jonny Dimsdale Huron - Ford BDA Nicholson
#15
Did not arrive
DNA José Araujo Brabham BT36 [9] - Ford BDA Racing Services
#19 (see note 16)
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.

Qualifying
1 John Nicholson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lyncar 005 [005] - Ford BDA Nicholson 0.43.0
2 Ray Mallock (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [712M-5] - Ford BDA Holbay 0.43.6
3 Ken Bailey (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 Falconer [39] - Ford BDA Titan 0.43.8
4 Stan Mathews (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [21] - Ford BDA Richardson 0.43.8
5 Peter Wardle (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [06] - Ford BDA Eden 0.44.0
6 Cyd Williams (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT40 [21] - Ford BDA Eden 0.44.0
7 Colin Vandervell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [8] - Ford BDA Cosworth 0.44.0
8 David Purley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [722-10] - Ford BDA Eden 0.44.0
9 Jas Patterson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [722-24] - Ford BDA Hart
10 Stephen Choularton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B [1] - Ford BDA RES
11 Bob Salisbury (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Surtees TS15 [07] - Ford BDA Hart
12 Bev Bond (F/Atl) 1.6-litre GRD 273 - Ford BDA Swindon
13 Reg James (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 [723-9] - Ford BDA James
14 Roger Keele (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] - Ford BDA Titan

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 73B [722-10] (David Purley): New to David Purley and entered by Lec Refrigeration Racing for him in F2 in 1972. Retained for 1973, but converted to Formula Atlantic, fitted with Falconer bodywork and run in the two British championships, winning the opening race of each championship. At Silverstone in May, Autosport reported that the car was appearing for the first time in 73B bodywork and using narrow track. Photographs of the car at the following race, which Purley won, show that it also had front-facing rollhoop supports, which are usually indicative of the 1973 March monocoque, and a more detailed picture of the car at Silverstone in July shows that the front suspension also indicated it now had a 1973 monocoque. He used the car to the end of the season, winning five races in total. It was then raced by Dieter Quester at Macau at the end of 1973, who was said to have bought the "73B". However, Quester's recollection was that it was rented by Team Harper for him to drive. Subsequent history unknown, but possibly sold in the Far East. The car would probably have been indistinguishable from a 73B by this time.
  2. March 722 Falconer [39] (Ken Bailey): New to Graham Eden Racing in April 1972 for Cyd Williams (Sandbach, Cheshire) to drive in British Formula Atlantic. It replaced the Chevron B18 which had taken Williams to two wins earlier in the season. Once he had the car to his liking, Williams won six out of the next nine races, but narrowly lost the championship to Bill Gubelmann. Run by Graham Eden Racing for Ken Bailey (Stretford, Greater Manchester) in 1973, and fitted with Falconer bodywork in May. The car was sold to Philip Dowell (Ombersley, Worcestershire) for 1974, but during pre-season testing at Silverstone, he hit the bank heavily at Woodcote corner and died later in hospital. It is assumed that the March was destroyed in the accident.
  3. March 73B [8] (Colin Vandervell): New to Colin Vandervell (Purley, Surrey) and raced with great success in the Formula Atlantic in the UK in 1973, winning four races, and securing the Yellow Pages Championship. Sold to Des Donnelly (Naas, County Kildare, Ireland) for the Irish Formula Atlantic series, and raced by him in 1974 and 1975. This must be the March "74B" advertised by Gerry Kinnane in Belfast in June 1976. There is then no mention of the car in 1976 or 1977, but in 1978, the car was raced by Ken Fildes (Clonskeagh, Dublin), and it had been owned by Kinnane for part or all of this period. Sold to Graham Brown, who took it to Australia when he emigrated in 1979, and raced by him in Western Australia in 1980 and 1981. Also raced by Joe Ricciardo in 1981. To Rod Housego, and raced by him in Western Australia in 1982 and 1984. Acquired by Richard Carter in 1988, and restored. Raced by Carter in HSRCA events from 1999 to 2002. Later to George Makin (Melbourne), and raced by Andrew Makin in historic events from 2003 onwards.
  4. Brabham BT40 [21] (Cyd Williams): New to Graham Eden Racing, and driven by Cyd Williams in the 1973 British Formula Atlantic championship. Retained by Eden and Williams for 1974. After Williams crashed the car at Brands Hatch in September 1974, it was raced by Richard Morgan and Tony Trimmer later that season. Retained by Eden again for 1975, with Cyd Williams again driving. To David Winstanley (Winsford, Cheshire) of Withers of Winsford for 1976, and raced in the Indylantic championship.
  5. Surtees TS15 [06] (Peter Wardle): New to Peter Wardle (Wimbledon, London) and raced in British Formula Atlantic in 1973, winning from pole position at one race Brands Hatch in August. Retained for 1974, again in British Formula Atlantic, and then retained for a third season in 1975. However, towards the end of 1975, Wardle was entering Steve Carvill (Wimbledon, London) in some races, and it is unclear whether the team had a second TS15 by this point, as the pair never appeared together in the same race. Wardle acquired sponsorship from Radio Luxembourg and Applied Racing Techniques for 1976, and both Wardle and Carvill appeared in Indylantic and in Shellsport G8 during that season, presumably both still in chassis 06. Wardle advertised a TS15 in 1983, with FG400 but no engine and a mountain of spares. According to researcher David McKinney, chassis 06 and chassis 07 were with Tony Collinson in 1990, and chassis 06 appears to stayed with its sister through the ownership of Gerry Wainwright, John Elliott, Mark Griffiths and Crispian Besley, who had both cars in 2010. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. March 73B [18] (Geoff Friswell): According to surviving March records, this was a F/Atlantic car built for Geoff Friswell (Coventry) and raced by him in the UK series through 1973 and 1974. It was then sold to Andy Barton (Newcastle upon Tyne) as a libre car and upgraded to 74B and then 75B spec over the next two seasons, also acquiring a F2 BDG engine at times in 1976. Barton sold it to Bob Rollo (Prestonpans, Scotland) for 1977, as an Atlantic again, and it then went to Stewart Robb (Alloa, Scotland) during 1978 in F2 spec. The car was rebuilt on a "new" 752 tub after a crash in 1978 and then rebuilt to 782 spec by Robin Smith after the 1979 season. It was raced again by Robb as a "March 75/782" with steel 2-litre Cosworth BDG engine from 1980 to 1982 and was sold to Roger Andreason at the new Chevron Cars Ltd around 1984. A "March 75/782" which had been "completely rebuilt over winter" was advertised from an Epsom number in August 1985.
  7. GRD 273 (Bev Bond): Harry Stiller ran a GRD 273 (or B73) for Bev Bond in British Formula Atlantic in 1973. Bond had a dreadful season in the car, and Stiller later told Bryan Miller that "it handled like a haunted shithouse". He said he "ended up hanging it on the wall of a large pub he owned at the time". It was eventually found in a pub by Steve Holland (Sittingbourne, Kent) and recommissioned for libre racing at Lydden, using a 1600cc Connaught BDA engine, where it was very successful in 1987 and 1988. The car was crashed heavily at some point, when the throtttle stuck open approaching Paddock Bend. Holland later used a GRD 272 in historic racing in the early 1990s, but it is not known whether this was the same car. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. March 73B [21] (Stan Mathews): New to Stan Mathews (Wicken, Wolverton, Bucks) in June 1973, and raced in British Formula Atlantic. To Chris Oates (Kimberley, Notts) for 1974, but sold mid-season to Val Musetti (London). Retained by Musetti for 1975, when it was updated to 74B specification. It was also rebuilt on another tub about this time, but the details are obscure. Damaged by Derek Cook's March 73B in practice at Silverstone in July, and rebuilt in time for the race on the car's original tub - only to be crashed and damaged again in the race. At the end of 1975, Musetti built up a March "742", which could be said to have inherited the identity of 73B-21, but as the tub had been changed, the chassis plate had long gone, and its appearance and description were radically different, it could be argued that 73B-21 had dissipated by the end of 1975. The successor "742" later went to Bill Wood, then Ray Rowan, before spending much of the 1980s in Monoposto and then being rebuilt as a "712M" for historic racing in the late 1980s.
  9. Surtees TS15 [07] (Bob Salisbury): New to Bob Gerard Racing and raced by Bob Salisbury in F2 and in Formula Atlantic. Subsequent history unknown, but according to researcher David McKinney, chassis 06 and chassis 07 were with Tony Collinson in 1990, chassis 07 having a twin cam motor at that point. Chassis 07 passed to Gerry Wainwright (Burton, Staffordshire) who raced it from 1995 to 1997, then to John Elliott in 1999. Raced by Elliott in the HSCC Derek Bell Trophy in 2001, and in historic F2 in 2003. Mark Griffiths raced this car in 2006, and it then reappeared raced by Crispian Besley in 2011 and 2012.
  10. Ensign LNF2/72 [F2-1] (Roger Keele): Originally built for John Burton (Kidderminster, Worcestershire) to race as a works Team Ensign F2 entry in 1972, the LNF2 failed to qualify for its first two races, and the project was abandoned. It is then belived to be the car used as a works Formula Atlantic car for Mike Walker, who won a championship round at Snetterton in July. The car was then fielded as a works Formula 3 car for Tony Trimmer to drive in October 1972. Sold to Brian Robinson (Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham) and raced in Formula Atlantic in 1973, plus a one-off F2 race. Robinson then bought a F5000 McLaren, and the Ensign was raced briefly by Roger Keele, and is then believed to have been sold to Martyn Denley in September. The car's movements from 1974 to 1978 are not yet decyphered, but from 1979 to 1984 it was hillclimbed by Peter Varley (Barnsley, South Yorkshire). Then via three other owners to Barry Pickard and raced in Historic F3 in 1993. Later raced in Classic F3 by Paul Newton 1993-95, and by Martin Woodman in 1994. Subsequent history unknown.
  11. March 73B [712M-5] (Ray Mallock): New to Mike Beuttler, and raced in F2 in 1971 entered by Clarke Mordaunt Racing with Alistair Guthrie. This must be the ex-Beuttler 712M acquired by Hesketh Racing, and raced by James Hunt at the Rothmans 50,000, and then in the remainder of the F2 season. Sold by Hesketh to Ray Mallock, and updated by March to 73B specification for Mallock to race in British Formula Atlantic in 1973. The car was later rebuilt on the 73B tub that had been used as a bodywork buck. Via A.W. Brown Racing to Arthur Collier 1974 for Irish Formula Atlantic, then to Patrick Woods mid-season. Borrowed by Patsy McGarrity for the Boxing Day race at Mondello Park at the end of 1974. The car was later said to have returned to the UK via AW "Monkey" Brown, then moved through the trade to Roger Andreason, who sold it to his friend Charles Richards to be used in Monoposto in 1978. From there, it moved towards historic racing, but leading to some confusion as the car by now had a 73B tub and 73B bodywork. Its life in historic racing requires further confirmation.
  12. March 73B [722-24] (Jas Patterson): New to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) to use in the 1972 Yellow Pages Formula Atlantic championship. The car was blue and yellow, and wore #16 all season. Gubelmann won six races and narrowly pipped Cyd Williams to the championship title. The car was sold to fellow American Jas Patterson (Rosslyn Heights, NY) for 1973, repainted red and white, and entered for him by Texaco Team Racing/RIR in the 1973 British season. Patterson crashed heavily at Oulton Park in May 1973, and although the car was rebuilt, he appeared a few races later in what was described as a new 73B. Whether this was the 722 updated or a completely new car is unclear. Patterson retained the car for 1974, but it was last seen in August. (Photographs show that the March 73B Patterson raced in the Pro Atlantic race that supported the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in October was not the same car.) In early November the 722/73B was acquired by Roy Baker (Ferndown, Dorset) and raced regularly by him through the 1975 season. Subsequent history unknown.
  13. March 73B [1] (Stephen Choularton): Stephen Choularton (Hale Barns, Cheshire) acquired the first production March 73B and raced it in libre events and in the British F/Atlantic series with support from Autovita Developments Ltd. His mechanic Jim Crawford also raced this car in a libre race that year. Choularton continued with the car in 1974 when it was driven by Crawford in one round, at Brands Hatch in September, after Crawford had damaged his usual car. The car was next seen in May 1975 when Choularton dusted it off for Cyd Williams to drive after Williams had wrecked Graham Eden's Brabham BT40. Choularton retained the car, unused, until 1977 when it was sold to Paul Gardner (Preston, Lancashire) and used in libre racing in 1977. It then travelled out to the West Indies, quite possibly via Manchester-based racing car dealer Bobby Howlings, who would have known Gardner well, and was a regular visitor to the West Indies series. Raced by Mark Moodie in 1978 and 1979, winning the 1979 Jamaican National Championship. Subsequent history unknown, but it may have gone to Gordon Gonsalves in Trinidad.
  14. March 712M [11 as '9'] (Colin Andrews): New to the Shell Arnold team for Jean-Pierre Jaussaud to race in F2 in 1971. Raced by Ferrari F1 driver Clay Regazzoni in the final race of the season. To Colin Andrews for 1972, now wearing the 712M-9 chassis plate, and raced in Formula Atlantic in 1972 and 1973. Acquired by Mike Sullivan Racing/Multiglide International Racing, for Formula Atlantic again, first driven by Richard Robinson, then by Alan Jones, who astonishingly won the high-profile Martini International support race at Silverstone in May, and finally by Richard Knight. Subsequent history unclear, as three separate former Sullivan/Multiglide cars went to Norman Dickson in Scotland, to Kim Mather in Lancashire, and to the partnership of John Colley and Rhoddy Harvey Bailey in Derbyshire. Which was which may never be known.
  15. GRD 372 [036-F3] (Robin Smythe): New to Robin Smythe (Hounslow, Greater London) replacing a March 723 he had raced earlier in the season. Smythe converted the car to Formula Atlantic specification for 1973 and although it was often entered for BP Formula Atlantic events, Smythe's actual race starts were rare. Throughout that season, his older March 723 was raced as a Formula Atlantic by Johnny Dimsdale and by Reg James. In 1974, the GRD was described as a 274 and continued to failed to appear or fail to start championship events but was a regular starter in Formule Libre events at Silverstone and at Brands Hatch. It was not seen in 1975, but made a couple of entries in ShellSport championship events in 1976, predicatbly failing to appear. The car is believed to have gone to Dave Saunders in 1976, but that may have been a hire deal, and then later spent time in French hillclimbs before returning to the UK.
  16. Brabham BT36 [9] (José Araujo): New to Rondel Racing for Bob Wollek to race in F2 in 1971. To John Kendall for Formula Atlantic in 1972, but leased to Richard Scott for the opening race of the F2 season, as his BT38 had not been delivered. Raced by Kendall until July 1972. Sold to José Araujo for British Formula Atlantic in 1973, but said to have been crashed at Snetterton. Ken Thorogood of Universal Racing Services (Wymondham, Norfolk) reportedly acquired the car in 1973, and although a lot of iits was sold off, the chassis remained stored with him until it was sold to Peter Denty (Thetford, Norfolk) in 2008. Restored by Denty between 2008 and 2010. To Klaus Bergs in 2010.

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.

The British race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Autosport and Motoring News reports in the UK plus the information supplied by a wide range of contributors.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.